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The Grace of Christ be with you!

Jesus was no firefighter. He did not come to put out the fire but to start it. Yet if Christ was not a firefighter, neither was he an arsonist. Christ did not come with evil intent to destroy our lives for his enjoyment. Instead, the fire Christ brings is the refiner’s fire. It burns away the chaff and reveals us for who we really are; a broken people in need of healing. How may Christ cause dissension in families?

-The open proclamation of faith in Christ.

-Quitting one’s job to join group of followers.

-The denunciation of today’s religious leaders.

-Selling all one’s belongings and giving alms.

-Choosing one’s path in life despite family objections.

-Discussing forbidden family topics.

-Reconnecting with “black sheep” of the family.

-Remain calm and control responses to family anger.

Except for the first item in this list, these first four causes of division in families were based on the end of the world. Christ called on his listeners to heed the signs of the times, have faith in him & prepare for the end of the world and God’s final judgment. There was no time for healing and reconciliation with others. Yet, since Christ’s return is no longer imminent, the final four items on the list obtain. The dissension now caused by faith in Christ leads to actions that reveal the brokenness of families but also offer the hope of reconciliation over time.

Blessings, Will

SUNDAY SERVICE: 11:00 AM: Worship service -- Join us in-person or here online!

THIS COMING SUNDAY: "Kindling" based on Luke 12:49-56. The Rev. Will Heyward is preaching. Sunday Worship Bulletin

PICKIN' ON THE PORCH: us every Tuesday at 2pm all summer for a hour of musical pickin' on the front porch of the Mount Jefferson Presbyterian Church. Bring your musical instrument to join in or simply come to enjoy some mountain music.

WEDNESDAY NOON CHAPEL: Join us every Wednesday all summer for a time of prayer, music and reflection in-person or on Facebook Live at The Mount Jefferson Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Will Heyward is preaching.

OUR ADULT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM: Our Sunday School for adults will start up again during the Sunday School hour in the fall. Contact the church office at (336) 846-7481 for more information.

OUR CHILDREN & YOUTH EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: Our Sunday Cool program for all grades is during the Sunday School hour at 10am on Sundays.

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P.O. Box 782

West Jefferson, NC 28694

Phone: (336) 846-7481

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